For the last twelve years Islamic Networks Group (ING) has been providing education about Islam and Muslims to Americans of other faiths and public institutions, while addressing stereotypes, and combating prejudice. This benefits us all by preventing hate crimes, as well as achieving accommodations for religious practices in places like hospitals, corporations, and law enforcement agencies.

ING’s work also allows Muslims to define their own identity, rather than having others define it for them. ING delivers about 800 of these presentations a year in the Bay Area alone. To support ING’s work, it will be hosting its Spring supporters dinner, “THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN AMERICA’S PUBLIC SQUARE.” Keynote speaker will be Dr. Charles Haynes, Senior Scholar & Director, First Amendment Center.

Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of an “Excellence in Cultural Diversity Education” award to a few Bay Area schools, and a “Building Bridges” award to an outstanding individual who has worked towards solidarity with the Muslim community. The award this year will go to no other than Herman Rosenbaum, who worked tirelessly recently to organize the anti-Hate Forum in Fremont on March 10th.

WHEN: Saturday, April 16th, 2005 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd in Santa Clara, CA

Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with teachers, members of the community, and special guests. Seats are limited, so reserve your place today. All fundraising will be from ticket sales themselves: Cost: $50/individual. To reserve your ticket, just reply to this email and I’ll make the reservations for you, or call ING at (408) 296-7312 or visit our website at


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